If you haven’t heard of Alex Lahey by now, you have definitely got to question whether or not you’ve been living under a rock. 2016 has been the year for the young singer/songwriter from Melbourne, from being given the green light by the magical Pitchfork, to opening this year’s Splendour in the Grass as Triple J’s Unearthed Winner.
Since its initial slew of studio album releases in 2011, there’s no doubt that Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) has established itself as one of the most formidable collectives in hip-hop today. The label, founded by current CEO Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Griffith, boasts a roster as innovative as it is eclectic, featuring the likes of Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and of course multi-Grammy award winner, Kendrick Lamar. The crew extends far deeper than the aforementioned Black Hippy clique however, with Chicago artist Lance Skiiiwalker joining fellow TDE signees SZA and Isaiah Rashad in the ranks this year.
For those who need to relax and melt into the void for about 40 minutes, Julianna Barwick’s latest album Will is the perfect getaway. Known for her minimalistic approach to creating vast soundscapes, Barwick’s third full-length album does not disappoint.
‘Cauterize’ and ‘Dust’ epitomise a no-frills, uncompromising and masterful amalgamation of rock n roll, soaring melody and speed metal. Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti fronts the solo-project-turned-full-fledged-band Tremonti, who have built themselves a spot in the rock and metal history books with the release of this double album.
I was raised a rocker. From Kiss to Bruce Springsteen, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Guns N Roses, my life since had been a perpetual tug-of-war between metal and rock. As I age, my taste refines and expands, but I never found that perfect amalgamation of the two… until I first heard a band called Alter Bridge back in 2004. As an avid WWE fan, Edge’s theme song Metallingus—an Alter Bridge classic—was so enticing. It was not heavy metal, neither was it hard-rock and it rocked my fucking world. Read more …
Summer Flake is a Melbourne based band and project of the talented Stephanie Crase. -Hello Friends-, released April 8th, is a melodic and reverb heavy, indie-rock gem. Part of a growing revival scene that harks back to the shoe-gaze movement of the 90’s, Summer Flake nail the melancholy pop sound.
Before I begin, I must disclose that Snarky Puppy are my all time favourite musical ensemble, and I can guarantee bias on so many levels.
That being said, quite honestly, if you love Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Adele, Martin Garrix, Beyoncé, literally anyone, you must check out Snarky Puppy. I promise there will be an absolute bare minimum of one song on each of their albums that you will fall in love with, for some reason or another. Whether it be the funky grooves, the juicy keyboard lines, the diverse cultural embracement or even the vocalists from the Family Dinner album series, there is something inextricably likeable about Snarky Puppy. Read more …
Do you really pay attention to words in lyrics when you listen to music? I don’t, unless it’s sung in clear articulation, I don’t really care what’s in the lyrics. It’s partly because I believe that music can be ingrained into your mind as it sounds. Music trio, UQiYO’s ‘Ship’s’ is a song which has been instantly ingrained into my mind without even realizing. Since ‘Ship’s’ has fragments of various musical genres from pop and folk to jazz, it has successfully created genre-less sounds which is even reinforced by Chitose Hajime’s soulful vocals. Read more …
It is finally here.
Hip-Hop Superstar Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham finally delivers his long anticipated project ‘Views’ (originally known as Views From The 6) after 4 years of anticipation of its release. Having solidified his position at the top of the Hip-Hop industry over the last 4 years through features, singles and his surprise mixtape, ‘If you’re reading this it’s too late”, Drake takes it back to his early years and creates the most personal album of his. The album plays out as a mixture of his previous styles that we have seen over his earlier releases. Taking bits from each project to achieve an album that put’s Drake’s personality out on display. Read more …
Pity Sex’s White Hot Moon provides summer vibes with breezy guitar riffs, laid-back beats and hazy vocals as well as heavy bass lines and aggressive drums.
The American quartet released the 12-track album last month, which takes you through lost love and rejection with fuzzy emo-pop tunes.
The co-vocalists Britty Drake and Brennan Greaves alternate between loud and soft, gruff and airy, exemplifying the group dynamic, which sways between shoe gazing and head banging. There couldn’t be a better name for a band that tries to have it both ways.
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Last week, Melbourne industrial dream pop trio, RKDA (pronounced Arcadia) released their debut EP, CS. After putting out absolute pearls like 2015’s Spaces or Quartz earlier this year, this is truly a band to keep on your radar.
“And it’s a long way back from seventeen…”
Seventeen years ago, Blink-182 released what some say to be the most iconic Pop-Punk record of the last 20 years, ‘Enema of the State’. The album notoriously became linked to the adolescence of Generation Y, communicating the feelings of angst and hopelessness of teenagers all over the world. Selling over 15 million records, this album caused the explosion of the three piece on to the mainstream music scene. The band at the time consisted of front-men Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus, with newly crowned drummer Travis Barker.
Since then they have sold 35 million records world-wide, released multiple award winning singles and arguably reinvented music videos with their own unique brand of satirical performing.
Blink-182 have also broken up twice. Most recently, the band split in January 2015 due to tension between Delonge and the other two members. As a result, Hoppus and Barker soon replaced Delonge with Matt Skiba, the vocalist and guitarist from Alkaline Trio.
After reviewing it the first time, it was safe to say that I was less than keen to revisit this project as part of my First Impressions Series. On top of this, Drake released his much-anticipated fourth studio album, ‘Views’, this week. As a result, I’ve had to drag myself kicking and screaming from Drake’s intriguing introspection and crisp production back to Coca Vango’s ‘Van Gogh’… a mix-tape I described in my first review as ’37 minutes of mind-numbing, musical monotony’. However after a second listen, I feel as if the previous alliteration, as cute a literary device as it is, might’ve been a tad harsh on my part. Read more …